Nurse Practitioner & Related Programs in South Dakota

Becoming a Certified Nurse Practitioner in South Dakota requires, among other requirements, earning a graduate degree or post-graduate certificate in a nurse practitioner specialty. Graduate degree is defined as a master’s or doctorate. Nurse practitioner programs require applicants to hold a current, unencumbered registered nursing license, which is also is also required to apply for certification as a nurse practitioner in South Dakota. Nurse practitioner licensure applicants must also hold national certification through a national certifying body appropriate to their specialty. Graduates of the nurse practitioner programs below are eligible to sit for national certifying exams in their respective specialization.

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Online nurse practitioner programs offer a flexible option for working nurses and rural based nurses. Clinical requirements are often arranged in the student’s local community or region and sometimes require a trip to the college or university campus offering the program. For the most part, courses are completed entirely online. The nurse practitioner online programs in South Dakota are CCNE or NLNAC accredited and cover similar if not identical course content to that of a campus based program. Interaction with other students and faculty is carried out online and provides network opportunities as well as moral support throughout the program. Learn more about these online nurse practitioner programs below.

In 2008, the South Dakota Department of Health, Office of Data, Statistics, and Vital Records reported a vacancy rate of 7.1% for nurse practitioners in South Dakota. This means there has been strong demand for nurse practitioners, possibly due to more facilities driving for a more cost-effective and efficient model of health care that a nurse practitioner can fulfill. Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) also showed a more than 5% vacancy rate in South Dakota. The requirements for becoming a CNS in South Dakota are similar to that of becoming a nurse practitioner in South Dakota. Learn more at the SD Board of Nursing website. You can find which schools in South Dakota offer NP and CNS programs below.
(Source: South Dakota Board of Nursing)

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Nurse Practitioner Online Programs Offered in South Dakota

Maryville University

Maryville University – St. Louis offers two CCNE accredited online MSN Nurse Practitioner Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner.

Programs Offered Online: MSN – (Family Nurse Practitioner -FNP, Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner – AGNP)

Spring Arbor University

The Spring Arbor University MSN programs are in the accreditation process with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and are accredited by the The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The MSN – Nurse Practitioner program is designed to prepare graduates to sit for National certification as an Adult and/or Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. Request information about these MSN programs today.

Programs Offered: Online MSN – (Concentrations: MSN/MBA, MSN/Education, MSN/Nurse Practitioner)

Kaplan University

The RN to BSN program offered by Kaplan University is CCNE accredited. Kaplan University is currently seeking accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nurse Education (CCNE) for the Master of Science in Nursing – nurse practitioner programs. The CCNE accreditation visit to Kaplan University for review of the MSN programs occurred in November, 2011. Graduates of unaccredited nurse practitioner programs are not eligible to sit for national certification exams. The majority of states require nurse practitioners to be nationally certified for licensure to practice. Currently the Online MSN – Adult NP and Family NP programs are only available in Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and South Dakota. If you are at the “researching” nurse practitioner programs stage, this would be a worthwhile opportunity to request information from Kaplan University to learn more about approval dates and more.

Programs Offered: RN to BSN, RN to MS in Nursing, MS in Nursing – (Tracks: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, Nurse Informatics), Graduate Certificate – (Tracks: Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, Nurse Informatics)

Frontier Nursing University – Distance Education

The Frontier Nursing University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. They offer online MSN Programs with post masters certificates in the following areas: Certified Nurse Midwifery (accredited by ACME), Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (accredited by the NLNAC). FSMFN also offers an online DNP program accredited by the AACN.

Programs Offered: Online ADN – MSN (Tracks: Nurse Midwifery) , Online MSN – (Tracks: Nurse Midwifery), DNP (Online)

Graceland University – School of Nursing

The RN-BSN, RN to BSN/MSN and MSN programs are CCNE and NLNAC accredited. RN to BSN and RN to BSN/MSN program Practicums can be completed in the student’s community.

Programs Offered: RN to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN and MSN – (Specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator), Post-Graduate Certificate (Specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Education), Doctor of Nursing Practice DNP (Online)

Regis University – Loretto Height School of Nursing

The Regis University School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Programs Offered: RN to BSN, RN to MS in Nursing (Tracks: Leadership in Health Care Systems – Management or Education), Online DNP – (Tracks: Advanced Practice Nursing, Advanced Leadership in Health Care)

Colleges & Universities Offering Nurse Practitioner and Related Programs in South Dakota

Mount Marty College

NLNAC accredited program.

Programs Offered: MSN – Nurse Anesthesia

Mount Marty College,
1105 W 8TH Street,
Yankton, SD 57078,
PH: 800-658-4552

South Dakota State University

The programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Programs Offered: RN to BSN, MSN – (Concentrations: Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator), DNP – (Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner), PhD in Nursing

South Dakota State University,
Brookings, SD 57007,
PH: 800-952-3541

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